Lot 222 - 1959 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE Ponton Coupé
|Registration||AS 062 NM|
|Chassis Number||128637N 8500062|
|Odometer reading||44,417 km|
|Estimate||£33,000 - £38,000|
|Result||Sold - £35,840|
Introduced in 1956, the 220 S saloon was one of a trio of new models featuring unitary construction bodyshells employing large, box-section side-members - hence the term 'Ponton' - the others being the 190 and 219. All-round coil-sprung independent suspension had long been a fixture of the Mercedes-Benz range and that of the newcomers benefitted from the newly developed single-pivot rear swing axle. Short-wheelbase coupé and cabriolet versions of the 220 S soon followed. Luxuriously equipped in the best Daimler-Benz tradition, these superbly constructed touring cars were priced some 70% above the 220 S saloon. In 1958, the 220 range was updated with a fuel-injected version of the 2.2-litre overhead-camshaft six, becoming the 220 SE. Maximum power increased from 106 to 115bhp and, while top speed remained unchanged at around 100mph, there was a useful improvement in acceleration; the 0-60mph time reducing by two seconds. By the time production ceased in November 1960, fewer than 2,000 220 SE coupé and cabriolet models had been manufactured and today these stylish and luxuriously equipped grand tourers are highly prized.
This excellent lefthand drive 1959 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE Ponton coupé was subject to a restoration about ten years ago. Imported to the UK recently from just outside Nice in the South of France, the car is finished in silver with black painted roof with maroon leather interior and matching maroon carpets. This Ponton coupé is supplied with a French registration document, a French transfer document, a number of invoices, a UK MoT test certificate which expires in February 2017 and the car has been registered as being in the UK with NOVA. A lovely example that would grace any classic car event anywhere in Europe or would equally feel back at home touring the Cote D'Azur.
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